The firm is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients. The firm’s aim is to provide innovative solutions to business problems in a manner that meets the timing, needs, means and business objectives of our clients. Black Helterline’s attorneys strive to maintain the highest standards of ethical practice. Our size allows us to offer clients personal attention, staffing continuity and cost efficiency that may not be available in a larger firm.
A number of Black Helterline’s lawyers are also licensed to practice in the State of Washington and regularly assist clients with business operations in both Oregon and Washington. The firm has an active Pacific Rim practice and has language capabilities in Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.
Our firm traces its origins to June 7, 1898. On that date, George Black, Sr., who was to become a prominent Portland accountant, lawyer, arbiter and businessman in the early 1900s, began practicing law as a sole practitioner after receiving his law degree from the University of Oregon.
In 1901, Mr. Black established George Black & Co., an accounting, insurance and investment firm. In 1916, George’s oldest son, Harvey N. Black, was admitted to the Oregon Bar with a University of Oregon law degree.
After obtaining an additional law degree from Yale University, Harvey joined his father at George Black & Company in 1919 and began practicing law. Subsequently, the law practice was separated from the other businesses and continued under the name of Harvey N. Black Law Offices.